Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Review “The Lesser Key of Solomon”

There’s nothing like watching Sleepy Hollow while a thunderstorm (complete with lightening) rages outside. It provides the perfect atmosphere for spooky television viewing. This episode picked up right where the last one left off. Jenny had escaped from the mental institution and Abbie was trying to track her down before the police found her. Ichabod and Abbie’s search for Jenny led them to Sheriff Corbin’s cabin where they found Jenny and a map. Unfortunately, they weren’t the only ones looking for the map. Modern day Hessian soldiers were shooting and stabbing their way through Sleepy Hollow looking for the map too. What’s so special about this map, you ask? According to the Hessian soldier Ichabod and Co. captured, the map would point them to a chest lost during the Revolutionary War. The chest contained the Lesser Key of Solomon. According to mythology, The Lesser Key of Solomon is a book of detailed descriptions of spirits and the conjurations needed to control them and force them to do the will of the conjurer. The Hessians wanted to use the Lesser Key of Solomon as a key to open a doorway to Hell. When that doorway opened, 72 demons would be released into the world. Great. Just great. Ichabod and Co. arrived just in time to find the Hessians had opened the door, but thanks to some quick thinking and even quicker shooting, the heroes were able to close the door before any of the demons got out. Yay for the good guys. Our heroes didn’t get to celebrate too long though.

Ichabod, Abbie, and Jenny found out that the demon causing all this mayhem is the one that they all saw in the woods. Abbie and Jenny saw it when they were kids. Ichabod saw it in the mirror after Officer Andy’s death. Apparently the demon, Moloch, is doing all the heavy lifting preparing the way for the rest of Hell. Moloch is mentioned in John Milton’s Paradise Lost as a demon of child sacrifice and I believe he’s also mentioned somewhere in the Old Testament Christian Bible. It’s been a while since I read Paradise Lost, but as I recall, there weren’t a lot of rainbows and candy in that story. Basically, whatever’s coming is even worse than Ichabod and Abbie think it is.

Abbie and Jenny got a chance to begin to work through some of their issues. Jenny, quite understandably, has a lot of hostility toward Abbie for lying about what happened in the woods. She blames Abbie for a lot of the rough things that happened in her life after that, and at first she seemed pretty intent on holding on to her anger. However, Abbie extended an olive branch anyway and apologized for what she did. She also offered to help Jenny stay out of the mental institution and, you know, try to stop the Apocalypse. I’m not saying that Abbie and Jenny have resolved everything, but some steps down that road have been taken. And since things look like they’re going to get a whole lot worse before they get better, Ichabod and Abbie could use Jenny’s help.

Ichabod and Abbie’s relationship continues to be my favorite aspect of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod tends to be pretty observant generally, but when it comes to Abbie he seems to be developing a sixth sense. When they went to talk to Jenny’s last foster mother, Ichabod quickly recognized that Abbie was about thisclose to ripping that chick’s face off. And as much as Abbie tries to keep pushing Ichabod away, she can’t seem to help but let him in. It’s not like she’s all that hard to read, but it seems that she’s able to maintain her prickly facade with everyone except Ichabod.

Sleepy Hollow continues to weave an interesting and increasingly scary mystery. I just have to say again how much I love the humor injected into the show. Even in the midst of all of the scariness and family drama, they somehow manage to also make me laugh. I literally laughed out loud at Ichabod’s conversation with the OnStar lady. That was both beautiful and hilarious. Just one quick question: When is Abbie going to take Ichabod shopping? I mean seriously. There’s gotta be a JC Penny or Kohls somewhere in Sleepy Hollow. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?

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